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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jul 18, 2011 3:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Found on the Old Net - Frank, a Legend of TDIH 1990

Summer tour 1990 had a couple shows with a creepily hilarious sound effect during drums/space. I am a huge fan of 7/18/90, a tape that was crucial in my discovery of the band. Here is something from long-ago USENET I found that may or may not be true, but if it ain't true, it oughta be - it's a great "deadhead story." I don't know if it's considered appropriate to post real names for something found like this, so I will leave this without attribution. It was written apropos of 7/16 but the same can be heard in 7/18:

"Ok, this story has to be told...everyone told me I should have sent a letter to Relix or Golden Road when it happens, but, ya know, time gets by and then its too late......

We stayed at a friend's house in Orchard Park before the show, and one of us became very attached to this evil laughing doll belonging to the host's mother. Seeing as we might be under influences later, he agreed to take it with us. In the parking lot at Rich Stadium, Buffalo, we made a continuing monologue on a tape recorder for a friend in Yosemite. We got "Frank" (the doll) on the tape several times, with its heinous "EEEEEHhHEEEEHAHAHAHAHAWWWHAAAW", which of cousre sent us into convulsions of laughter ourselves. We would aquiant our fellow heads to the Frank, and record their responses.

the day dragged on, and we became progressivley more scatterbrained. Suddenly, we realized we lost Frank! We retraced our path, and found a large circle of people, standing in disbelief over this little evil doll laughing at them. Frank was safe!

We returned to our friends, who were dying to become aeaquainted with Frank. To our Horror, we didn't have Frank with us!!! OH NO!!! We searched everywhere, even asked the dork in the Fox suit. No luck. We were crushed.

Second set, Space, and almost inaudibly, a laughter comes through the speakers. It gets progressivley louder, and behold- ITS FRANK!!! We_could_NOT believe it. I heard a rumor its on the next show's space too.

I got a copy of the show and the tape to Yosemite, compared, and everyone I've ever played them to agrees that it is the same laugh.

So, does anyone know anything about this?"

You can hear "Frank" starting just after 4:45 in the drums:

This show has a really intense psychedelic vibe for most of 2nd set, I've written about it in various places quite a bit recently, but it is really something else! The jamming in The Other One is live-wire Jerry and Phil runs with some nice quiet contrast, Bob making sure to give the music plenty of running room, and both the final Morning Dew and the predrums Terrapin feature really great singing from Jerry. The SBD is slightly flawed by some harsh digital distortion in space, it sounds like Bob's midi rig is overloading, I think. This is a show I like checking out the aud sources for as well, the crowd seems quite involved, I have a suspicion there was some high quality blotter to be found at this show:

Deer Creek shows are a topic about which there is much to say, I think - the specialness of the venue was often commented on in comparison to other stadiums on summer tour, although of course 95 changed everyone's perceptions a lot. Many of the ears listening to jams at the Creek were corn! This was the first bootleg I ever heard, the first live Grateful Dead I ever heard, and it stamped "Deer Creek" firmly on my brain.

This post was modified by bkidwell on 2011-07-18 10:32:39

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jul 18, 2011 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Found on the Old Net - Frank, a Legend of TDIH 1990

I have no insight into the legend of Frank, other to say that i remember how odd that somewhat evil laugh seemed during the beginning of Space at Rich Stadium that hot summer day. When Without A Net came out later that year (or early the next, i forget) I assumed that the laughter was part of the circus atmosphere they were depicting with that release.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jul 18, 2011 5:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Found on the Old Net - Frank, a Legend of TDIH 1990

very cool story and a very nice addition to the drums might i add. Thanks.